Today was our last show! Tonight's show was at The Daily Grind Café in Pueblo. Personally, I definitely do not think that tonight was my best show. I mean, I did alright, it was just a matter of volume, and comfortability. I would sound too loud to myself, so then I would back away from the mic, but when I would back away, I could not be heard. Consequently, I would get closer to the mic once again, and my voice would go sharp because it was too loud to gage. Also, I couldn't seem to hit the piano keys smooth enough to create smooth and connected phrases. On the bright side, Nolan and Skyler both did great. Tonight, Nolan and Skyler and I were opening for a singer-songwriter who goes by the title of In Much of Madness. He performed after the three of us were done, and he had some great material. One of his originals, which he titled, "Cast Away", was simply brilliant. After he finished, we talked to In Much of Madness for a little while, started to network, and shared some music. When the show finished, we all went to Nolan's friend's house, and laughed and talked for a while. As it got later, I decided to head back home to the Springs, because I wanted to go to church in the morning. Now I'm back in Springs, about to go to bed, and it feels as if the whole tour was somewhat of a dream. Albeit, a very realistic one.
Tonight, we played a show at the hipster-esque, comfy, beautiful coffee shop called Stella's. Stella's is set up a little bit differently than a regular coffee shop. It looks like it was (and probably was) once a house, and was gutted and morphed into a coffee shop. When we pulled up, I assumed that there would be like 2 or 3 people in there, similar to the audience size at an open mic. To my surprise, the place was PACKED. I guess Denver natives decided to come to Stella's to study or have some coffee on Friday, the 9th of January. We did not have a PA system, so all three of us performed acoustically. Seeing as the venue had brick walls, and the space was that of a long rectangle, the sound carried nicely. We each performed our sets, and it went pretty great! Again, I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout (whether intended, or not). I feel like I did alright tonight. I played several songs, and for the first time this tour, I played one of my originals called "Never Landing." I don't usually play this one, because it is long (about 6 minutes), and is more of a story than a song. Tonight, something told me to just play the song. After we were all finished, I received compliment after compliment! I was kind of caught off guard, because unless there are people that I know in the audience, people do not usually come up and talk to me. Tonight was different because this one girl came up to me, and said, "Great job, and good luck in everything!" though seemingly a general comment, a personal compliment from a stranger can means WORLDS to me. One of Skyler's friends came up to me and was very impressed by Never Landing. He began to talk to me about how his favorite childhood character is also Peter Pan, and that I did a great job. One lady came up to me, as she was wiping her face, and told me that I had her in tears with my song "In The Rain." She told me that she was going through a hard time, and that she was really relating to the piece. I told her thank you, and gave her a hug. The last, and greatest compliment of the night, was from a guy named Ryan (he is the son of the parents who are giving us a place to sleep for the night, and the brother of Chris, who loaned us his key up in Fort Collins). Ryan stopped me, and was silent as his hands and his eyes moved as if trying to find the proper words to say. He first asked me, "All of those pieces you performed were originals?" I told him, yes, that is, except for the first piece ("Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men). He then began to drill me with questions like, "How did you write all of that? The words? The key changes? The tempo changes?" and he went on and on. I was so flattered that I really did not know what to say. After the performance, Skyler, his Denver friends, and I all went to this breakfast place called Pete's Kitchen. It was so tasty. After we finished our meals and our shakes, we began to politic and talk about philosophical ideals for about two hours. Man, my mind has not thought that philosophically in a while. After we left Pete's, we went back to house that we were staying at. I started to write a new song, and then I fell asleep.
Tonight we played at Kinfolks Bar in Manitou. What a great time! Seeing as I had not seen the venue until we arrived, I was praying that it was large enough to hold a good sized audience. We showed up, and it was a perfect, comfy size! It had a stage and everything! Seeing as Manitou Springs is right next to the Springs, some of my family and friends came. People showed up who I did not even expect! It was so nice to see everybody come out support me, Nolan, and Skyler. One thing that I found so amazing, was that I was able to show my friends and family what I am truly doing with my life. They got to listen to my original compositions, my piano skills, and my vocal growth. When I performed, I truly felt like I did an amazing job. Very rarely do I feel like I have a performance that was even at par, but tonight was a great show. Towards the end of the night, I was able to go up to people and catch up, and talk about life for a while. My friend Zach, who I have not seen in months (maybe a year?), was talking to me about following God's plan. In short, he was saying that God wouldn't give you a passion, and a talent for that passion, if he did not want you to pursue it. He was telling me to keep faith. Keep praying, and if God wants me to do this, then I need to keep that faith. I'm glad he came to the show, because although I've heard that, it was very helpful to hear it again, and from a friend. After the show, Nolan, Skyler and I went to iHop, and then went back to my mom's place to crash for the night. Today, was an amazing day.